“Work smarter, not harder.” Surely you’ve heard this cultural idiom. The basic premise is, “let’s find ways to get more things done faster, rather than extending our work hours to accomplish the same tasks.” You know people, as do I, who seem to relish the opportunity to work “dumbly.” They spend all day spinning their wheels, thinking they’re being productive when they’re not.
This is not a post for those folks. This is a post for people like you who enjoy working faster, smarter, and at a higher productivity level. I’ll give you some tools to help you do that. Let’s work smarter, shall we?
IDoneThis.com. This simple web app will send you an email at the end of each
day (or whenever you prefer), reminding you to catalog what you’ve accomplished that day.
Send back 3-4 items and after awhile, you calendar starts to look pretty impressive. A good reminder for those days when you feel stagnant. IDoneThis.com.
Action Method. I make no bones about it: Action Method rocks da heezy. I was a fan of the iPad and iPhone apps until the development ceased for nearly a year. Not to be thwarted, I picked up some of the paper products and gave them a whirl. To my surprise, I ended up liking them better. Much better.
Paper is poised to make a comeback. Action Method will prove it to you. Give analog a try and see your productivity pop! ActionMethod.com.
Skitch. What can I say about this gorgeous little app? Skitch makes sharing your screen a breeze. When you work remotely like I do, you need a quick way to show people what you’re talking about. Skitch helps you do that.
Skitch is free and comes in desktop and iPad flavors. Skitch.com.
Beats by Dre (earbuds). I know, I know. It sounds trite, but jamming these little guys into my ears truly helps me focus and get things done. I don’t know if it’s actual or perceived, but “jacking in” with these headphones seems to fade out the world around me.
Sharpies dual-tip. This goes hand-in-hand with Action Method, but I use these bad boys to both write and cross-off my to-do lists. Write with the thin side, cross off with the fat side. Nothing is more satisfying to a productivity workflow than crossing things off a list.
Keurig Coffee Maker. “El duh, Justin!” I know that’s what you’re thinking. But I don’t care. You know it’s true, just like I do. Coffee makes the world go round. My world’s no different. I use this Keuring to make my morning (and afternoon) brew.
I like it because I’m the only coffee drinker in the house and I hate waste. Nothing says “efficient” like this one-cup wonder. Keurig.
Buffer App. This is, by far, my favorite app for Twitter. Buffer takes all the link goodness you find throughout the day and spreads it out based on when the largest percentage of your followers are online. I don’t know how it works, but it does. Plus, co-founder Leo Widrich is a good man.
Bonus bonus tip: Buffer now integrates with SocialBro, one of my favorite social media measurement tools. BufferApp.com.
NeuYear Calendar for 2012. Last but not least on the list is the NeuYear year-at-a-glance calendar from Jesse Phillips. You can see your entire year, from start to finish, all packaged in a gorgeous wall poster. Genius.
Bonus: Use the code JUSTIN when checking out and get 10% off your order!
Everybody’s Got Their Something
Everyone’s got their own productivity workflow. What works for you? I’d love to know. These are just a small sampling of the tools that I use on a daily basis to get more things done. Surely I’ve missed a few.